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NAB Recap: Big Data, Mobile Backup and Flash

NAB Recap: Big Data, Mobile Backup and Flash

The NAB conference brought thousands of experts under one roof to share their unique insight on one area or another, and to demo their companies’ new products. There were quite a few announcements at the gathering, and a handful managed to catch our eye. The first update is from Aspera, which didn’t reveal a new offering. What the company did do, however, was open up a booth that displayed some of its big data solutions to the media industry – a fantastic indication of where this market is heading.  The massive shift publishers and other companies have been going through in... more »
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Waking Dead Celebs: Holographs See a New Future in Storage, Ads

Music and art lovers who attended the Coachella Festival last Sunday were given the show of their lives when Tupac Shakur, the rap artist murdered in 1996, performed right in front of their eyes alongside Snoop Dogg.  The performance was orchestrated by Dr. Dre and a bunch of holographic technology pundits. Tupac Live The Digital Domain Media Group Inc. was responsible for the image of Tupac that appeared on last week's Coachella stage.  They were also responsible for the various versions of Brad Pitt in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which won the best visual effects award at the... more »
SAP HANA, New Deals Can Improve Mixed Q1 Results

SAP HANA, New Deals Can Improve Mixed Q1 Results

Enterprise software maker SAP has released preliminary results for the first quarter of 2012, which ended March 31. The financial news was mixed. Although the company reported a record quarter in Asia Pacific/Japan and double-digit sales increases in markets such as Latin America and Germany, “sales execution issues” in North America resulted in slower sales growth Q1 2012 as compared to 4Q 2011. Software sales in the first quarter were $838.3 million, a 4 percent increase from the same period last year, but significantly less than the 22 percent rate of growth for 2011. Despite some disappointing numbers, SAP is positive... more »
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The American Economy in Big Data Terms

The American economy is yet to recover from the recession with millions of people still jobless to date.  Major corporations are also on a heyday, cutting jobs in recent months. However, statistics show that America’s actual problem may not be the lack of money but  rather its uneven distribution. The 1% Mint’s infographic called “Where’s the Money In America?” outlines this ridiculous wealth distribution. The top 1 percent of households own a whopping 34.6 percent of all privately held wealth.  The next 19 percent (managerial/professional/small businesses) holds 50.5 percent. And the remaining wealth of 14.9 percent is what the bottom 80 percent... more »
The Origins of Splunk

The Origins of Splunk

Today "operational intelligence" vendor Splunk officially announced its IPO. In a video interview with Dell's Barton George, Splunk CTO and co-founder Erik Swan explains the origins of the company and how it went from being a complicated dashboard product to being the "Google of machine data." According to Swan, Splunk is the third company that he and co-founder Rob Das have worked on together. In 2002 Swan they sold CommerceFlow to Accenture and the two just needed something to do. To their wives' chagrin, they spent a couple years not making money while they playing golf and tried to come... more »
QLogic Preps for Q4 Earnings, Expects Positive Performance

QLogic Preps for Q4 Earnings, Expects Positive Performance

Network infrastructure provider QLogic plans to release its fourth quarter and 2012 fiscal year results after the market closes on May 3. Shortly before the third quarter earnings call back in January, Dell purchased QLogic’s InfineBand product line.  The deal was just the beginning of what has been busy few months for QLogic. The company announced a reseller agreement with Fujitsu, expanded their relationship with Dell and was a selected provider of networking components for Hewlett Packard’s Proliant Generation 8 server. QLogic managed to exceed analysts’ estimates in the third quarter in spite of weak revenue growth.  The company is likely... more »
HP Offering Outsourced Social Media Analytics and Management Services

HP Offering Outsourced Social Media Analytics and Management Services

The social enterprise continues to dominate the business services discussion, as evidenced by this week's launch of HP Social Enterprise Services, a portfolio designed to help customers deploy and benefit from big data analytics-driven CRM solutions. In fact, HP will even handle your social media presence for you. These new offerings are a natural extension of HP's existing call center services, HP CRM czar Dennison DeGregor says. Many organizations are already monitoring social media for general brand sentiment, but that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to turning customer relationships into revenue. HP's secret sauce here is analytics. HP Social... more »
4 Photo Apps Optimized for New iPad’s Retina Display

4 Photo Apps Optimized for New iPad’s Retina Display

The new reality ushered in by the shiny, new third-generation iPad, with its improved camera boasting a pixel-loaded retina display in the palm of your hands, is inspiring developers in the mobile space.  Many are now optimizing their iPad applications as users grow fonder of the increased pixel density. Fotopedia More than a month after its launch, it is not the heating or other issues that surround the new iPad, but the rise in apps developed to support the new retina display.  This is what Fotopedia has focused on. Carrying several eye-candy apps, the company has recently upgraded the National Parks app for the... more »
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Google Warns 20K Websites of Malware Infestation

Google sent out a warning to 20,000 websites informing them that their website may be hacked and injected with JavaScript redirect malware. “[W]e think that JavaScript has been injected into your site by a third party and may be used to redirect users to malicious sites,” said the Google warning.  “You should check your source code for any unfamiliar JavaScript and in particular any files containing ‘eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,r)’. The malicious code may be placed in HTML, JavaScript or PHP files so it's important to be thorough in your search.” The Google message also stated that the server configuration files of the websites may... more »
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Facebook IPO Set For May 17

Facebook reportedly has its eyes on May 17 for initial public offering. According to the latest reports, if the Securities and Exchange Commission states that everything is in order, all their paper works had been filed, including the Instagram acquisition, Facebook's IPO could be set for May 17th.  This is in line with earlier reports which stated that Facebook is eying to launch their IPO either on May 17 or May 24. According to TechCrunch’s sources, “Facebook will be valued at around $100 billion, reflecting current levels of trading in the secondary markets (and avoiding SEC scrutiny). Other reports say that the... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.